Kia ora all,
Please find below the statement made by Foreign Minister Mahuta this afternoon on the tiles.
Sending around as a number of you have requested.
“Rimurimu tere tere, e rere ki te moana, E tere ana ki te ripo i waho e….
E te kākākura pokai kua riro i te tirohanga kanohi, haere, haere, whakangaro atu rā…
I was deeply saddened to learn of the passing of a long-serving New Zealand High Commission employee in New Delhi, and my thoughts and aroha are with the family at this time.
Any loss of life is extremely sad and I know that the MFAT whanau will be grieving at this time.
The deceased joined the High Commission in 1986 during the time that Sir Edmund Hillary in was our High Commissioner to India, and New Zealand truly values the support he gave to our country.
I join with MFAT in expressing sadness for this loss of life. Moe mai ra”.
Note – The employee died in hospital on 16 May after a battle with COVID-19. Out of respect for the family’s privacy MFAT are not releasing further details
|Avon AdamsSenior Press Secretary | Office of Hon Nanaia Mahuta MP|
|Minister of Foreign Affairs | Minister of Local Government | Associate Minister for Māori Development DDI: 04 817 6231 Mobile: +64 21 829 930Private Bag 18041, Parliament Buildings, Wellington 6160, New Zealand|